Reviews by Cassandra Smallwood
On 9/30 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: I have highlighted the crap out of this book! With discussion of modeling, forgiveness, communication, and service, Sticky Faith has hooked me! The author suggests that on your first read through the book you choose no more than five ideas to try. That might get me through the first couple chapters. ... Sticky Faith has hooked me!
On 7/31 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: Krisy Cambron’s The Butterfly and the Violin provided me with two very different reading experiences in one book. Cambron’s chapters voiced by the modern-day Sera were frustrating in their fluffy, romantic cliché, especially compared to those rich in feeling and insight as voiced by the 1940s Adele. ... A nice book that will definitely meet the tastes of many of my friends and family.
On 7/7 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: First, readers should be aware that this book is third in a series and I feel that reading books one (Crater) and two (Crescent) would make book three much more enjoyable. I’ll also add the caveat that I’m not a huge fan of reading science fiction. I’m a die-hard Trekkie and Star Wars helped form ... Book Review: Crater Trueblood and the Lunar Rescue Company
On 5/28 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: Neither my husband nor I grew up with a lot of extras but neither did we do without anything we needed. Ours were working families, a practice we fully intend to pass on to our children. However, we (mostly me) did make serious financial mistakes that not only affected our kid’s possible well-being, ... Book Review: Smart Money Smart Kids
On 1/6 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: I’ve read a lot of young-adult dystopian fiction in the past couple years (the Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, the Chemical Garden series, the Maze Runner series, the Infernal Devices series, the Lunar Chronicles- man that’s a lot!) and I feel the Swipe series is right up there with the ... Book Review: Sneak
On 10/1 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: Set in the beautifully described Colorado Rockies, author Michael Neale creates a stirring metaphor between how God wants to act in our lives and The River. Without using a single reference to God or religion, Neale tells the story of God’s love and sacrifice for us with his compelling story of Gabriel ... Book Review: The River
On 8/27 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: In this new twist on end-time possibilities, I was a drawn into this eerily possible world and read the entire book in one day. The story is fast-paced and the characters likable. I did feel the language used by the middle school-age characters in the book to be a little more intellectual than I usually ... Book Review: Swipe
On 6/6 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: As a mother of a dyslexic pre-teen, I’m always looking for exciting new fodder to excite my son about reading and The House on the Corner has the potential to be an excellent candidate. Unfortunately, THonC doesn’t live up to that potential. The writing is fractured and hard to follow. The premise ... Book Review: The House on the Corner
On 3/22 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: While I’ll admit the premise is a little shaky (we don’t get a lot of ex-football stars/heirs in my neck of the woods,) I have to say this is one of the most fun reads I’ve had in a long time. Both Lucy and Alex are likeable, unpredictable characters that you find yourself rooting for. I found ... Book Review: Save the Date
On 10/19 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: The Book: Cast of Characters: Common People in the Hands of an Uncommon God by Max Lucado The Blurb: Some of the most powerful stories from the Bible will come alive for today’s readers through these inspiring selections from the writings of Max Lucado. Max provides a compelling look at the most high-impact ... Book Review: Cast of Characters
On 6/21 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: The Babble: This book was an absolutely fascinating look into a world I had not previously known existed. After reading Ms. Kirkby’s memoir I longed to experience the simple, secure life of shared work, raising of families, worship and fellowship. And while I admired little Ann-Marie’s parent’s ... Book Review: I Am Hutterite
On 4/27 Cassandra Smallwood wrote: By Tim Downs, Tommy Nelson Publisher When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp -a medical school dropout and get rich quick scheme-artist- develops a ‘guaranteed’ moneymaker. While juggling said star’s medication, a girlfriend with a particularly precocious daughter, ... Wonders Never Cease